Do you work in a multi-OS environment? Are you a diehard PC fan whose business has switched over to Mac? While Mac OS X may seem a bit strange to some, there’s no need for it to be so, there are many excellent features that make using the OS easy. One of the features Mac OS X relies on heavily is keyboard shortcuts. Do you know how to use them, or what they do?
When you first switch to OS X it can take a while to figure out the shortcuts, or to even find out if there is a shortcut for what you need, not to mention the confusing symbols used to indicate key strokes. Here’s a list of the most common shortcuts.
Symbols If you’ve looked online for shortcuts, you have undoubtedly seen a number of potentially confusing symbols before the letter or number - these are actually keys to press. The most commonly used symbols are:
- ⌘ Command. It’s found beside the spacebar on most Mac keyboards. If you’re using a keyboard that isn’t supplied by Apple, the Windows button should also work.
- ∧ Control.
- ⌥ Option. On Windows based keyboards, Alt will do the same thing.
- ⇧ Shift.
- FN Function. It’s found under F13 on most desktop keyboards, or in the bottom left of most laptop keyboards.
- ⌘+A Selects all files. To deselect simply left-click on empty space that’s not highlighted. To deselect one item simply hold ⌘ and click on the folder/file you don’t want to be selected.
- ⌘+I Retrieves information on a folder or file including name, size, creation date, etc.
- ⇧+⌘+N Creates a new folder in the window currently open. If you’re on the desktop, a new file will be created there.
- ⇧+⌘+Q Logs out. If you want to log out without waiting press ⌥+⇧+⌘+Q.
- ⌘+Delete If you press this after you’ve selected something, your selection will be moved to the trash. To empty the trash hit ⇧+⌘+Delete.
- ⇧+⌘+A Opens the Applications folder
- ⌘+C Copies your selection.
- ⌘+Z Cuts your selection.
- ⌘+V Pastes what you’ve just copied or cut.
- ⌘+Z Undoes your last action.
- ⌘+H Hides the program you currently have open. The program won’t close, it’ll just be hidden, and can be opened again by clicking on its icon in the dock.
- ⌘+M Minimizes the window currently open.
- ⌘+TAB You will cycle to the other applications you have open. If you hold down ⌘, while pressing TAB, you’ll see the icons for open programs.
- ⇧+⌘+4 Selects a screenshot. When you press these keys, you’ll be able to drag and select a screenshot. You’ll hear a camera lens click when you let go indicating the picture has been taken, and the file will be on your desktop.
- ⇧+⌘+3 Takes a screenshot of the whole screen.
- ⌘+S Saves the document you have open.
- ⌘+F Searches within the window currently open.
- ⌥+⌘+ESCAPE Force quit. This is the same thing as Control + Alt + Delete on Windows.